MIDI Part Data vs. Track Automation

You can enter or record MIDI controller data as automation data on an automation track or as part data in the MIDI part.

  • If Read Automation for a track is enabled, controller data is written as automation data on an automation track in the Project window.

  • If Read Automation is disabled, the controller data is written in the MIDI part and can be viewed and edited for example in the Key Editor.

Nevertheless, you can end up with both kinds of controller data for a MIDI part if you recorded controller part data in one pass and automation data during another. In this case, these conflicting data types are combined during playback as follows:

  • Part automation only begins when the first controller event within the part is reached. At the end of the part, the last controller value is kept until an automation breakpoint is reached on the automation track.